Things To Do and Area Attractions

Discover Fort Bragg and the Mendocino Coast

While staying with us you can find 101 Things To Do in and around Fort Bragg. The twisty roads that lead to the Mendocino Coast are well worth the trip. Fort Bragg is a coastal city on Hwy 1 in Mendocino County and is listed as a California Historical Landmark. Fort Bragg is a tourist destination with its picturesque view of the Pacific Ocean, towering Redwoods, glorious landscapes, and wildlife. Come play Miniature Golf located here at the Emerald Dolphin Inn or check out a few of our favorite places to visit listed below. Be sure to bring your camera to capture memories to last a lifetime.

Things To Do

The Skunk Train

Take a step back in time on a slow paced relaxing ride into the redwoods and coastal mountain range. We are happy to book your trip for you!  Please just give us a call for current pricing and hours.  The depot is just a short 1.5 mile drive to the train with plenty of free parking!  For more information visit: or call: 866-457-5865

Whale Watching and Fishing

Enjoy an amazing Sport fishing or Whale watching adventure on a Charter excursion departing from Noyo Harbor. For your convenience, let us book your Charter Boat Tickets for you.  Boats are located just minutes from Emerald Dolphin Inn.  For more information:

Visit or call 707-964-8770


Horse Back Riding

Ricochet Ridge Ranch offers Trail Rides on the beach & in the redwood forest. Join a group or reserve a private trail ride at: 10am,Noon, 2pm, or 4pm. English or Western horses for all experience levels. Also offers 3, 4, or all day rides on Ten Mile Beach, in the Redwoods, or both! Just 10 minutes from Emerald Dolphin.

For more information visit: or call 707-964-7669.


Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

This state park offers a spectacular fresnel lens, new museum exhibits, nature preserve, and gift shop. Visit the lighthouse that has been in operation since 1909. It is only 6 miles from the Emerald Dolphin. Open daily 11-4. Free to the public! Please note: it is an easy 1/2 mile walk to the lighthouse from the parking lot.

For more information visit:

The Guest House Museum

Located on Main Street, in the heart of downtown Fort Bragg, you will see an amazing piece of history. Inside the Museum, one will find pictures and artifacts telling the history of the forest products industry on the Mendocino Coast and the city of Fort Bragg. Pictures include water shipping, railroads, mills and wood scenes and the earthquake of 1906.

Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10:30am-2:30pm (closed Tu-Th April-Oct)

Admissions: Adults $2, Students 13-16 $1, Under 13yrs free

For more information visit our official Guest House Museum Website.

Kayaking in Fort Bragg, CA


photo of the point cabrillo lighthouse next to the ocean.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

We have discounted tickets for these amazing gardens! 47 breathtaking acres. An easy 1/2 mile walk takes you from well tended gardens through a fern covered canyon to spectacular vistas at the ocean's edge. Summer hours: 9-5pm,  Winter Hours: 9am- 4pm. Located just minutes from the Emerald Dolphin Inn.

18220 North Hwy 1. (707)-964-4352

Visit The Beautiful Mendocino Coast For

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Beaches, Parks, Hiking and Bird Watching

Pomo Bluffs at Todd's Point and Hare Creek Beach

Among the Emerald Dolphin Inn's most beautiful assets is Pomo Bluffs park just a short walk away. A gorgeous 25-acre blufftop park with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, Noyo Bridge, and the mouth of the Noyo River and harbor entrance. People come here to walk or to ride their bikes on a level trail that winds around Todd's Point with benches and interpretive panels along the way.  Also within walking distance of Emerald Dolphin is the secluded Hare  Creek Beach. This beautiful beach is a popular spot for surfing, skin boarding, boogie boarding, or just hanging out on the beach relaxing or watching the beautiful sunset.

Mackerricher State Park

A park that has it all. Come, visit the gorgeous stretch of sandy beach, feed the ducks or fish in the lake, bird watch, take a walk on the boardwalk to explore the tide pools or watch sea lions. Don't forget to look for whale spouts!

If you have time to venture through the camp ground area, you will also find a replica of a life size whale skeleton. If you only have time for one park on this trip... this is the one not to miss. Located on Highway One, just 3 miles North of Fort Bragg and just 10 short minutes from the Emerald Dolphin Inn.

And the best part is... park entrance is always free to the public


Glass Beach

One of the most unique beaches in the world. The sand is covered in smooth beach glass glistening in the sun. Located on West Elm street in Fort Bragg, just minutes from Emerald Dolphin Inn.  This is also where you can begin the new beach front walking trail along the bluffs of Fort Bragg.

Russian Gulch State Park

This park is known for the heavily forested Creek Canyon, a headland that features the Devil’s Punch Bowl (a large, collapsed sea cave with churning water), and a beach that offers swimming, tide pool exploring, skin diving and rock fishing. Inland,(about 5 mile round trip hike) there is a 36-foot high waterfall. Hikers will enjoy miles of hiking trails. The park also has a paved three-mile bicycle trail. Located approx. 8 miles South of Emerald Dolphin Inn on Highway 1.

JugHandle State Park

The watershed of Jug Handle Creek holds a rare natural phenomenon— an “ecological staircase”—that attracts scientists and nature lovers from all over the world. The staircase is composed of 5 terraces, each about 100,000 years older and about 100 feet higher than the one below it. The hike: Head west on the signed trail out onto the grassy blufftops. The trail loops toward the edge of the bluffs, offers a view of Jug Handle Cove, then returns east to dip under the highway bridge. Located on Hwy One just minutes from Emerald Dolphin Inn. on Highway One.


photo of glass beach

Emerald Dolphin - Pomo Bluffs and Area

One of the State Parks near Fort Bragg CA

The Redwoods

Montgomery Woods

Mendocino County's Coastal forests are home to some of largest, tallest, and oldest redwoods in the world. Some of these trees touch the sky at nearly 300 feet tall. Montgomery Woods, located 1 hour East of Fort Bragg on the Comptche Ukiah Rd between Mendocino and Ukiah, is a small alluvial flat that's hidden away in a remote, steep-sided valley, where you'll find one of the most scenic redwood groves in existence. At one time, Montgomery Flat contained the tallest measured tree in the world at 367'. While its location is secret, and taller trees have since been found in other parks, that distinction still gives the grove a certain cachet.

Jackson State Forest

Covering over 55,000 acres, Jackson State is another beautiful, redwood and animal rich forest located 1/2 hour E. of Fort Bragg on Hwy 20 .

Avenue Of The Giants

This world-famous scenic drive is a 31-mile portion of old Hwy 101, next to 101 with its 51,222 acres of redwood groves.

Drive Through Tree

There are three "Drive-Through" Trees located on the North Coast. All are privately owned and a fee is charged to drive through. The closest one to Humboldt Redwoods State Park is the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree in Myers Flat, four miles south of the park visitor's center. Another is in Leggett, only 50 minutes from Fort Bragg and the junction of Hwy One and Hwy 101. Open from 8am to dusk, it offers a gift shop, picnic area, & nature walks. #67402 (Hwy 271) Drive Thru Tree Road, Leggett

photo of the forest at Montgomery woods
This is a photo headed up towards Fort Bragg showing the heavily forested area.

Diving, Kayaking,Canoes and Bicycling

Catch A Canoe and Bicycles Too!

Rentals on Big River, Mendocino. 44850 Comptche Ukiah Road, Mendocino. (707) 937-0273

Liquid Fusion Kayaking

From Mild to Wild kayak adventure tours! (707)962-1623 32399 Basin Street in the Noyo Harbor

Also ask about: The Skunk Train's Tracks to Kayaks adventure!


Lost Coast Kayaking

Sea Cave tours, Van Damme State park. No experience necessary. 8211 N Hwy One, Little River. (707) 937-2434

Mendocino Mountain Bike Tours/Guides

In Mendocino Call: (707) 937-3069

Fort Bragg Cyclery - In the Company Store downtown Fort Bragg. (707) 964-350


photo of Kayakers
photo showing kayaks for rent just south of the Emerald Dolphin.

Shopping and Galleries

Downtown Fort Bragg

Venture Downtown Fort Bragg and see why this small coastal town is so special. As you walk along Main Street to Laurel Street an then to Franklin Street, you can't help but feel the relaxed coastal charm. It is a fun place to spend the day walking and shopping.

You will find specialty shops, galleries, antiques, quaint coffee shops, and the Fort Bragg Bakery. For a special treat, visit Cowlicks Ice cream parlor on Main Street!


This gorgeous historical town sits right on the ocean bluffs and is the backdrop of many movies and TV shows such as Murder She Wrote. As well as it's historical coastal beauty, you will find an array of amazing shops, galleries, and restaurants. While there you may also want to visit the Kelly House or Ford House museums.

For more information, visit the Mendocino coast chamber of commerce website at:


There are too many fabulous restaurants on the Mendocino coast to list.. So we have included some of our favorites and we hope they become yours too.

Albion River Inn Restaurant - Hwy One, Albion 937-1919


Bernillos Pizza - 220 E. Redwood Ave. Wow... Now that's a pie! 964-9314


Cliff House Fort Bragg -  Dine In | Curb Side | Delivery

Call for hours : (707) 962-3170 | 1011 S Main St, Fort Bragg


Cowlicks Ice Cream Parlor - 250 N Main Street  Your taste buds will thank you!


Cucina Verona -  cozy restaurant serving Northern Italian fare, pasta, seafood, and steaks.  Open for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner from 8am-9pm.  124 East Laurel Street-  964-6844


D'Aurelio's - Simply amazing Italian! Everything is made from scratch including their bread. 438 S Franklin Street (behind Rite Aid) 964-4227


David's Restaurant - within walking distance to Emerald Dolphin in the Boatyard shopping center. 964-1946


Edi's Mini Golf snack shack. Corn dogs, ice cream, candy, ice cold beverages & beer!


Eggheads - A fun place (bit pricey) but amazing eggs benedict, omelets, and more. - 326 N Main St


Jenny's Giant Burger - Throwback burger joint dishing up jumbo patties, shakes & fries in snug, retro-style digs. - 940 N Main St

Open Everyday! 10:30am - 9pm - Take out - No Delivery.

Phone In: (707) 964-2235


Laurel Deli and Desserts - On Laurel St in the Depot Mall by the Skunk Train Depot- It's homestyle at it's best! 964-7812


Little River Inn Restaurant - Hwy One, Little River


Los Gallitos Mexican Restaurant - 223 N.Franklin St  964-4519-  Authentic Mexican in beautifully newly opened restaurant.


MacCallum House - 45020 Albion St, Mendocino 937-0289


Mayan Fusion - 418 N Main St (707) 961-0211- wonderful Mexican, Mayan, and American cultures combined to make this amazing and delicious menu!

Mendocino Cookie Co - Cookies, coffee, and more. In the Company Store - 301 N Main St.


North Coast Brewery - best known for their award winning beer, pizza, fish & chips, and more.  444 N. Main St. 707-964-3400


Noyo Fish Co. -  The best fish n chips and chowder on the Mendocino Coast | Dine In - Curbside Pickup - NO Delivery.

32440 N Harbor Dr | Call for hours:  (707) 962-0204


Noyo River Grill -  Noyo River Grill provides a high quality food made to perfection. Come in and experience our unmatched service and food. Dine Inn - Take Out

32150 N Harbor Dr | (707) 962-9050


Off the Hook - Japanese & Sushi too! 118 E Redwood Ave |

Closed for Dine In. Call for take out or delivery - 964-3788


Piacci's Pizza - West Redwood Ave. Specializing in thin crust & specialty toppings!


Princess Seafood Market and Deli - 32410 N Harbor Dr

Call for hours:  (707) 962-3123


Purple Rose - Great Mexican and killer margaritas. Near Mackerricher 3 miles North of Fort Bragg.  964-6507


Ravens Restaurant - 10051 S Big River Rd., Mendocino 937-5615


Round Table Pizza - Best for delivery right to your room! 964-4987


Sea Pal Cove Restaurant is a great place for fresh off the boat tempura fried seafood and chips as well as burgers & fries!  Very casual outdoor dining but really good!  32390 N Harbor Dr.     707-964-1300


Silvers by the Wharf - A great choice for lunch or dinner for fresh seafood, steaks and much more!  Dining on the deck in nice weather is wonderful!  32260 N Harbor drive  707-964-4283


Taka's Grill - Japanese & Sushi too! 250 N Main Street 964-5204


Thai Cafe at Sea Valley - very quaint and casual dining  inside the Company Store on Main St.

Wines and Spirits

Pacific Star Winery - 15 minutes North of Fort Bragg on Hwy One near Westport. Spectacular ocean views. Visit their tasting room in the Skunk Depot mall on Main St.

photo of wine at Pacific Star Winery
photo showing fruit and a bottle of wine.

Theater Arts

Mendocino Theater Co.- Wonderful plays all year round.

45200 Little Lake St. Mendocino 937-4477


Gloriana Opera Co.- Exceptional musical theater.

Fort Bragg 964-7469 *Call for program.


Fort Bragg Center for the Arts - Presents 5-6 classical concerts each year. Preston Hall, Mendocino

937-1018 or


Mendocino Music Festival - Annual Music Festival held in pavilions on the ocean cliffs. Magical classical, jazz, Latin and opera. Every July 7-21- call for more info 707-937-2044


Opera Fresca - Mendocino Counties premier professional opera company.


Mendocino Film Festival - over 70 filmmakers and celebrity guests attend the Festival from around the country and across the globe. Come Join in the fun!

June 3 - 5.



photo of large white tents setup at a special event for the Theater Arts.
photo of 3 people dressed in character for a Theater event.

Emerald Dolphin Inn and Mini Golf

Reservations: 707.964.6699  ||  Toll Free: 866.964.6699

1211 S. Main St. | Fort Bragg, CA 95437

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